Performing Arts Program

A.S. PERFORMING ARTS (PFA)

Program Description: The A.S. degree in Performing Arts is a liberal arts program that lets students develop their individual skills in several performing arts course areas: Dance, Music, and Theater. It allows for coherent combinations of these courses to be taken as training in musical theatre or focusing solely on one particular area like vocal music, instrumental music, theater, or dance. Upon completion of the degree students may wish to seek professional employment in New York City, participate in local performing arts organizations, or transfer to a four-year college or conservatory offering more advanced study. Students may follow the general performing arts program or the Music track or Theater track.

Courses: In addition to the core liberal arts and core performing arts courses, students select 23 performance credits from courses such as Acting, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Design and Stagecraft, Play Directing, Performing for the Media, Play Production, Theater Practicum, Aural Skills, Music Theory, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Piano, Guitar, Performance and Applied Music, Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, Tap Dance, and Performance and Applied Dance. Students participate in music juries, theater scenes, dance recitals, fully integrated musical and non musical play productions, student films, as well as create an appropriate and versatile repertoire of audition pieces in the student’s performance area.

Instructors: Top-flight full-time and adjunct instructors with professional credentials teach and direct in the performing arts program, and advise students in the program to meet their individual educational and career goals.

DCC Play Productions: Past play productions include A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A View from the Bridge, Sunrise at Campobello, The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night, The Laramie Project, Dark of the Moon, Sherlock Holmes, The Merchant of Venice, A Carol for Tiny Tim, Laughing Stock, Sherlock Holmes, Merchant of Venice, Psycho Beach Part, Couples, Gross Indecency of Oscar Wilde, Said & Meant, Said & Meant, Alice in Wonderland, Nothing Serious, King Lear, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Hedda Gabler, The Glass Menagerie, Taming of the Shrew, The Children’s Hour, and Never the Sinner.

DCC Past Musical Productions: Past musical play productions include A Night in the Ukraine, Hair, A Chorus Line, Grease, Pippin, Tommy, The Who's Tommy, Once Upon a Mattress, Brundibar, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Kiss Me, Kate, Urinetown, and Rent.

After DCC: Past students have transferred to Bard, NYU, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Potsdam, North Carolina University, Marist College, and various performing arts conservatories. A number of past students have gone on to successful careers in the performing arts on stage, backstage, in film, and in television.

Student Club: The theater club on campus, The Masquer’s Guild, produces plays and musical revues.

For further information, go to the Performing Arts Program page of the College Catalog and contact DCC’s Admissions Office.

Joe Cosentino, Performing Arts Program Chair, cosentin@sunydutchess.edu.